Claim: Reuters reporter taken into custody in Turkey

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Claim: Reuters reporter taken into custody in Turkey

2015-12-17 04:31 GMT
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Turkey based Cihan News Agency claims a Reuters reporter is taken into custody in the city of Diyarbakir

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Cihan News Agency (CHA) claimed that Reuters Correspondent Faruk Yuce was taken into custody in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir while he was recording scenes from a rally organized by the Democratic Regions Party (DBP).1

The DBP is a social democratic pro-Kurdish party which succeeded another pro-Kurdish party, the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party). In 2014, the BDP has transformed into the DBP. Also, the DBP expressed explicit support for the HDP (People's Democratic Party) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas in his running for president.

According to CHA, Faruk Yuce was beaten up by the police for taking a picture of the police water cannon which was ready there for any probable incident during rally. Although other journalists tried to protect him, they failed to do so due to the intervention of a large number of police officers. CHA also claimed that Yuce was not set free even though the police said so. Various news outlets also spread CHA’s post.2

Yuce was recording the rally with his cell phone and the police took him behind the water canon and asked him to show his identity card. Yuce explained that the treatment was harsh but also that the police apologized to him after he showed his ID and press cards. Moreover, he declared that he does not work for Reuters and is actually a freelance journalist. He also added that he was not taken into custody, and was set free afterwards.

CHA is known for its obvious link with the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which is headed by congregation leader Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in the US since 1999 after leaving Turkey with a fake diplomatic passport. FETO is a deep-state structure which in December 2013 attempted to topple then-prime minister, now president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the guise of a corruption investigation. Gulenist media, including CHA, produces such false news deliberately with the aim of defaming Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).